Category Archives: Childhood Memories

The Man in the Mountains

One of my heroes looks like a movie-star President. But my love for him has nothing to do with his resemblance to an American icon. March always makes me think about my great-uncle Weach, one of my paternal grandmother’s four … Continue reading

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Pet Names

“Whatcha want, Skeeter?” I called across the room the other night, using the voice I reserve for baby-talking to my cat. He’d been meowing at me while I tried to check my email. Sylvester stretched and looked at me like … Continue reading

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Yo’ Momma (And Yo’ Momma Alone)

On Mother’s Day, we go out of our way to show our Mommas how loved they are and how much we appreciate all they’ve done and continue to do. Moms are caretakers, nurturers, drill sargeants, doctors, maids, teachers and spiritual … Continue reading

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Mr. C Had a Point …

Each weekday morning, Mr. C got his art students set up at their easels before he propped open the back door of his classroom. Crisp fall or spring air hit our sleepy teenage faces as we stood together mixing paints. … Continue reading

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Tunnelton, Granddad and Peace

I have been wanting to write about my grandfather’s funeral for a few weeks now. One of the reasons I hadn’t up until now was, of course, the demise of my former computer and with it my ability to write … Continue reading

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10 Random Holiday Things

A little while back, Catie Rhodes put her own unique spin on the “10 Random Things About Me” blog post idea. She took the challenge to the next level and posted “10 Random Holiday Things.” I enjoyed reading Catie’s post, … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays 1: The Box

The holidays are a time for family, togetherness, and making memories. But let’s get real. They are also a time for real-life TV sitcom moments. One of my favorite Christmas memories involves, of all things, a tampon box. My father … Continue reading

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Haunted Hawleyville: Visits From Jason and Freddy

There’s something about us cluster-dwelling humans that makes us want to leave our cities and sprawling suburbs behind. Whether we head off for a hike in the park or an overnight camping trip, many of us seek out the woods … Continue reading

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Haunted Hawleyville #2: Norman and the Newcomers

He was always larger than life to me, even though I only knew him through his childrens’ stories and old family pictures. My Great-Grandad Norman Ruggles died before I was born. But when I visited my Great-Grandmother Katie in Tunnelton, WV, he … Continue reading

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Haunted Hawleyville 1: The Night I Was A Ghost

Throughout October, Mondays will be dedicated to Haunted Hawleyville, a series of sometimes silly and fun and sometimes downright spooky memoirs. Check out the full lineup here. I’m not sure I believe in ghosts. But I’m also not sure that I … Continue reading

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